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San Francisco Teen Challenge

Hello my name is Kenny. I was born and raised in Sonoma County. My father and mother split when I was two years old. My father was addicted to meth and my mother did not want that darkness around me. I did not get to see my dad very much again until I was 12 years old. But my step-father came into my life when I was two as well. We moved every 1-3 years around Sonoma County. All this time my mother took care of me and my step-father provided for me. My step-father struggled with alcoholism until I was about 15 when he quit for good. I was a straight A student throughout most of high school. I played football, baseball, basketball, and cross-country. I was also VP of student council, and then president my senior year. My family couldn’t afford college so I had to make myself standout. I dabbled in drinking and weed a little in high school but not much. I also split time living between my father and mother. I graduated Valedictorian and took out loans to pay for college. In college I maintained decent grades and partied a lot. The summer after my sophomore year I got a job at a summer camp. While on break I was driving three fellow counselors to the store in my open top jeep. I took a turn too fast and rolled the jeep. I was the only one wearing a seatbelt. Everyone survived, but they were badly hurt. I had never felt so much guilt in my life. I began to abuse painkillers. I stayed in CA a year getting high and paying for my habit by dealing pounds of weed. I then moved to Oregon for 3 years with my father and grandparents. My father and I began to abuse meth, and I was still using pills given to me by my father. After our life fell apart a year later we quit the meth. But I couldn’t kick the pills. Eventually I graduated to heroin. I moved back to CA to enter a plumbing union. After about a year I finally realized I needed help. I couldn’t stop alone. My mother and step-father helped me get into Teen Challenge. And now hopefully I’ll start a new chapter in my life in Christ. 

My name is Jeremiah, I’m 23 years old, and I was born and raised in Monterey County. I was raised in a pretty good family, with no physical abuse or strung out/neglectful parents. My parents got divorced when I was about 8 years old and it was kind of an ugly divorce in the verbal fighting sense after a lengthy court battle. I was an outgoing kid and I got along with everyone. Nothing drastic ever happened in my life to turn to drugs and destructive behavior. When I was 12 I first started dabbling in alcohol and marijuana and as I got older it just got progressively worse as I started experimenting with more drugs and in higher dosages. The major problem came along when I was 17 and I started using OxyContin and heroin. That drug took precedent over everything and I quickly started losing control over my life. I was robbing houses and people to support my growing habit. I caught my first adult drug case when I was 18 and then a burglary case 2 months after that. Those and the cases I caught after that, along with the time I served for those, still weren’t a big enough wake-up call for me because I went right back to my vomit after getting out every time. Then, in Sept. of 2013 after violating probation, I was given a 6 month long program in which I completed and was graduated early after 3 months. I liked the feeling of sobriety and what I was getting from it. I stayed sober for a little while longer after I graduated the program, but then slowly but surely I slipped back into my addiction and in Oct. 2014 I was arrested for sales of heroin and it wasn’t looking good for me at all. That’s when in my most recent incarceration I really reached out and cried out to God for help and to help me conquer this devil in my life. He heard me loud and clear and I really started to hear and feel Him and His presence in my life. He was moving in my life and answering my prayers at such a rapid rate that I couldn’t sit there and count them as coincidences. One of my prayers was for God to just give me the strength to walk out the plan that He had for me no matter what that was and that He just help me fully surrender to His will. And now I’m blessed enough to be here at Teen Challenge where I feel He wants me to be and get even more of an intimate relationship with Him and get my life and destiny back on track and in order.

My name is Kristopher and I am 33 years old.  I come from a single parent home, with my mother doing her best to raise me and my little sister on a poverty level income.  My father was an alcoholic and drug addict and I was deteremined to never turn out to be the same.  I excelled academically and in the performing arts, and at 17 years old, I received a full academic scholarship to Pepperdine University.  I earned my Bachelors of Arts Degree in theater arts and vocal performance at the age of 21.  I went on to perform at Holland America Cruiselines and after I pursued acting in Hollywood and becqame a memeber of the Screen Actors Guild.  Soon after the Hollywood industry high-life began to cloud my vision.  Before long, drugs and alcohol got ahold of me and I was losing control.  Indeed addiction does not discriminate.  Over the past ten years, I've been in the fight of my life against alcohol and drug addiction and have lost everything many times over.  In Novermber 2014, I crashed my car off of the freeway resulting in my 3rd DUI.  By God's grace, by his compassion, my self-destructive habits didn't kill or injure anyone or myself.  god then brought me to Teen Challenge in February 2015.  I realized that I have been fighting a fight that I could not win because I was trying to do it alone.  But with Christ, I can do anything.  My initial intention coming into Teen Challenge was to fight a court case, but God's intention was and i trasnforming me int a new creation.  I am so excited to realize the full potential that God has in store for my life, and I am incredibly grateful for this new beginning. 

My name is Tyler Hill and I was borin in Walnut Creek in 1985.  I grew up in Lake Tahoe and the surrounding areas, by a well to middle class family.  I was invovled in sports, backpacking, and many other outdoor activites.  Because my mother and father were successful business owners they were never home.  Leaving me to my own devies, I became easily influenced by my peers.  By the age of thirteen, I had smoked my first cigarette.  I had no idea that a choice so young, would lead me to a hopelessly addicted meth and heroin user.  Over an eleven year tenor of addiction, I overdosed many times, became homeless, and spent some of my adult years locked up.  Last year I was in jail looking at a six year term.  One day a friend in the same dorm I was in asked me to go to chapel with him.  I ended up going just to get out of the dorm.  An hour later at the end of the sermon I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior.  The following week I wemt to court and was given a deal to do one year of residential treatment instead of six years locked up.  I went back to the housing unit and told my friend the good news and he referred me to Teen Challenge.  Now seven months later I'm healthy and sober.  I have restored my relationship with family and through faith was healed of Hepatitis C.  Now towards the end of my program I don't know what I will do when I leave, but what I do know is that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. 

My name is Ryan Griffith and i was born in Korea. I was raised Christian and God was a very big deal in our family, however I never listened and quickly fell away from faith. I still understood the fundamentals but ignored them. As time went on I was eventually enrolled in school and the only way I felt I could fit in was to pursue drugs and alcohol. It started with cigaretts and marijuana through high school. I started distributing marijuana for about a year until I was busted and arrested multiple times. while on probation I was introduced to cocaine and meth. After high school I continued to use only on the weekends. But as time progressed I became addicted to pills and other opiates. I soon lostmy job, my apartment and slowly lost everything. While finding new ways of getting my next fix, I pushed away family and friends again and again until I lost literally everything. I Still found ways to get high after I hit absolute rock bottom. Slowly I pushed away God to and after trying to run away I am trying to run away I am trying to rekindle my relatrionship with God although I don't know liesd ahead. I have now been in Teen Challenge over 9 mounths and God help me make lots of changes in my lifer. I plan to continue on the path that God has planned for me. I would also like to thank Teen Challenge and especially God for the help and support that has helped me change my life around.

My name is Corey, I was born on June 18, 1991.  I was riased in Arizona for 14 years of my life.  I had a good childhood, but it also had its problems.  I never wanted to be in school, and was very rebellious.  I didn't listen to my parents and at age 15, I ended up getting locked up in juvenile hall for two years of my life.  After that, I continued to get into trouble and ended up getting involved in gangs.  March 8, 2014, I was the victim of a drive by shooting.  This caused me to see life in a much different perspective.  During the healing process of my wounds, I also started to heal mentally.  My mentality motivated me to start changing my life.  November 17, 2014 I came to Teen Challenge to start a new life in Christ.  God has healed and delivered me from my pain, suffering, and violence.  He has brought me closer to my family and is slowly but surely restoring that broken relationship.  I now see people and life different than I used to.  My future goals after I graduate this program is to stay plugged into church, get a job and live a successful life with Christ at the center of it.  I also plan on being a mentor yo young teenagers that are struggling with life controlling issues, and to help them stay focused and on the right track.  

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      Greater San Francisco Teen Challenge
    P.O. Box 40100
    San Francisco CA, 94140
    Phone: (415) 285-HELP
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